SANAC launched the region's first LGBTI HIV plan on June 14 at the Durban AIDS conference. The plan provides guidance on tackling the growing HIV epidemic among LGBTI. For those not familiar with AIDS parlance LGBTI stands for lesbian, gay, bisexial, transgender and intersex and refers to the way people identify themselves, rather than behaviours. Read more about the plan.
The latest edition of our newsletter Prevention News is now available. For research and information on structural drivers and social protection for adolescents, access to health and HIV services in Zambian correctional facilities and a new fund to support LGBTI groups in hostile environments, and much much more... click here.
EHPSA's Adolescent Technical Forum was held in Cape Town on 19-20 September. Over 60 participants gathered from all over the eastern and southern Africa region to discuss issues related to preventing HIV among adolescents. The meeting report, presentations and photos are now available. More...
Early findings from the PopART study of the impact of a test-and-treat strategy on antiretroviral treatment coverage and HIV incidence show promising results. The study in South Africa and Zambia shows that after one round of household-based testing, linkage to care and offer of immediate antiretroviral treatment, 90% of adults knew their HIV status and 71% of adults diagnosed with HIV were on treatment.
EHPSA's first Technical Forum on HIV Prevention in Prisons was held in Lusaka from March 14 to March 16, 2016. The forum covered a range of issues with speakers from seven countries in eastern and southern Africa. The final day focussed on Treatment as Prevention TasP.
A new advisory body, the Global Platform to Fast-Track HIV Responses among Gay Men, Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (Global Platform), held its first meeting was convened by UNAIDS and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12 and 13 January.
The Global Platform is convened by UNAIDS and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF. Through the Global Platform, members will provide strategic advice to United Nations agencies and other stakeholders on HIV programme needs and priorities for gay men and other men who have sex with men to urgently address the rising HIV epidemic worldwide among this population
Article in The Conversation by EHPSA grantee, Dr Adamson Muula. “ Providing prisoners, sex workers, adolescents and men who have sex with men with sexual and reproductive health services has been advocated by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations and several other international bodies.
A special issue of the journal Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE, Volume 42, Issue 145, 2015) looks critically at accepted ideas around biomedical and structural interventions for HIV prevention. Authors argue for a political economy of HIV prevention - an analytical approach grounded in an understanding of broader factors that affect patterns of intimacy, illness and health provision.